Corporate support mounts for TSPLOST
On July 31, Metro Atlanta citizens have a chance to vote on a transportation funding referendum that will help this region fix our big traffic mess.
It’s simple. Our competitive edge as a city and metro region depends upon our ability to resolve issues that hurt our reputation as a great place to do business. Our congested roadways result in lost business opportunities, lost productivity and lost time at home with our families every day.
We have a chance to change that with the passage of the transportation funding referendum. The TSPLOST represents an $8.5 billion investment into 157 projects that will directly impact traffic and transportation issues over a 10-county region.
We won’t get a second chance to make this kind of landmark leap forward.
To help us move forward, we have engaged the support of our local corporate leaders. Companies such as the Coca-Cola Co., Georgia Power Co., Newell Rubbermaid, Delta Air Lines Inc., Caterpillar, General Electric, King & Spalding LLP and many others have joined in an effort to support passage of the transportation referendum and educate their employees about the TSPLOST vote.
MAC recently partnered with Atlanta Business Chronicle on an ad campaign asking companies to join a public list of businesses that will be voting in favor of the TSPLOST. To date, more than 300 companies have signed on. I urge you and your company to do the same. For more information on how to do just that, follow this link: http://yesonjuly31.com/
Our time to make a difference and to proactively change our transportation infrastructure for the better is now. For those who say this is the wrong time to pass another tax on citizens, consider that you are already paying a tax by sitting in traffic – the tune of some $924 a year on average. That compares to the roughly $122 the average citizen will spend on a one cent sales tax.
This vote is critical. Not just for the future of Atlanta, but for the future of our region and for future generations that are counting on us to make the right decisions to ensure that Atlanta remains open for business.
– Sam A. Williams
President, Metro Atlanta Chamber